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2019 Agenda

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  • Outlining the timetable for the Social Housing Green Paper action plan – aiming to deliver more high-quality housing, encourage better tenant rights and ensure landlords demonstrate that they have acted on concerns
  • Introducing the New Communities Framework: New legislation designed to build stronger, more integrated communities and reduce the stigma of social housing
  • Driving up the accessibility of all homes for disabled people, delivering 300,000 new accessible and adaptable homes every year
  • Announcing the New Homes Ombudsman to hold developers to account and drive up the quality of new homes

  • Allocating over £1bn of grant funding to housing association partners in order to deliver a range of affordable housing – the highest level for 9 years
  • Partnering with Central Government departments to develop surplus land across the country into affordable new homes
  • Discussing the various funding programmes available to support house building and infrastructure and the routes to access
  • Working with the Regulator of Social Housing to ensure new homes are safe, robust and well-managed

  • Encouraging effective use of land so that assets and estates can be more efficiently utilised
  • Securing £160k of OPE funding to facilitate a strategic & coordinated approach to public land – delivering economic growth and new homes by releasing surplus assets
  • Releasing land held by public sector partners in order to deliver 16500 new houses in Herefordshire by 2031

  • Providing clarity in uncertain times on what should and should not be done to improve sustainability standards and meet the quotas of the Future Homes Standard
  • Encouraging a consistent approach by local authorities in order to encourage shared learning, common resources and mutual confidence
  • Recommending measures and best practice with regard to energy demand, overheating & performance
  • Stepping up use of modern methods of construction to create near zero-carbon homes

  • Undertaking a 10-year regeneration of the Hattersley and Mottram Estate in Greater Manchester
  • Investing in housing & community-led initiatives in order to completely transform the area
  • Reversing population decline, delivering sustainable community facilities, encouraging private investment and engaging with the community

  • Securing £500k in funding from MHCLG to introduce the Housing First initiative, giving rough sleepers with high needs the right to a home of their own
  • Providing support to some of the most vulnerable people in society, resulting in stable homes being given to 10 long-term rough sleepers within the first 6 months
  • Building relationships with various housing providers to bring forward accommodation from housing associations and the private sector

  • Evaluating technologies & digital support as a method to get through to tenants and assess what they actually want
  • Exploring the results of a 6-month trial of new approaches to resident engagement in line with a key commitment of the Social Housing Green Paper
  • Bringing together social landlords and their residents to pilot new communication methods which will inform and develop future policy, and considering how these approaches can be applied to other tenures
  • Encouraging residents to take an active role in strategic, procedural or policy changes and ensuring involvement by them on a level which they choose